Hair loss can be caused by physical damage to the hair or to the follicles, but is most often caused by changes in the hair’s natural growth cycle. In some cases a passing situation disturbs the natural growth cycle, such as a chemical imbalances or stress. However, in 95% of the cases for both men and women, the hair loss has a genetic cause.
As much as 40% of all women experience hair loss to some degree by menopause.
The most widespread form of hair loss is regular baldness, androgenic alopecia. The follicles in the areas prone to baldness have a hereditary sensitivity for one of the body’s natural hormones, dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which is converted from testosterone in the skin.
Temporary hair loss can occur if the body experience some form of shock, like extreme stress, serious infections, hormonal disturbances, heavy-metals, fast, interrupted use of oral contraceptives, childbirth, disturbance in the thyroid’s function (especially common in women), immunological disturbances or strong medication. An unbalanced diet, damages from free radicals and an insufficient amount of antioxidants may also play a part. Additionally, women often find their hair growing thinner during and after menopause. As much as 40% of all women experience hair loss to some degree by menopause.